We’ve known for a long time that positive thinking is good for our health. But new research is showing that choosing our words carefully and using them at the right time can also be a recipe for longevity.
Speaking in a positive way improves the health of your brain.
When you speak positively it gives you a better outlook on life. This, in turn, helps to keep us healthier both physically and emotionally. How you speak to someone who has health challenges can help them to become more optimistic which aids in improving how they feel. It’s been proven that those with serious illnesses can recover if they have the proper mindset.
How can hope and optimism help you recover from an illness?
We know now that it’s best to focus on the present and not the future. Focusing on what is going on at that exact moment can tell you more about your body and how you feel. When people are pessimistic about outcomes they are usually looking forward into a future where they see themselves as disabled in some way. Healthcare providers and family can help patients through the use of optimistic language. Optimistic seniors tend to have fewer chronic illnesses and also age better. Their blood pressure tends to be lower than their counterparts, they complain less of pain and are more resilient. Resilient seniors feel more competent and independent. If they do become ill, they bounce back more quickly. Optimism has been shown to help with coping strategies and for seniors this is especially important.
Overall positive language and optimism combined with positive thinking promote good health. Good health and the ability to cope help seniors to be happy. Well-being can improve with age, even for those with chronic illnesses. To read more on how your choice of words can affect how long you live, click here.